ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Albuquerque police has officially opened a new high tech crime center, joining other cities that have adopted similar systems.

The Real Time Crime Center launched Friday after months of testing and is aimed at giving officers access to a variety of databases during investigations. The 24/7 intelligence gathering operation is designed to send officers as much information as possible about scenes and suspects before officers arrive.

Modeled after systems adopted in Chicago, New York, Boston, Houston and Memphis, officials say the center will allow Albuquerque officers to look up fingerprints from the field and use FBI facial search software. It will also allow analysts to send officers intelligence from dozens of public and private databases.

The cost of the two-year project was $800,000 in city money and federal grants.